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5 Things to Spot at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

The beautiful St Edmundsbury Cathedral is the only Cathedral in Suffolk. We pick out 5 things to find during your visit!

Here's our top 5 things to look out for at St Edmundsbury Cathedral!


1. The Vaulted Ceiling

You cannot miss the magnificent wooden, gilded fan-vaulted ceiling. 

The fan-vaulted ceiling, made of oak, gilded and painted in blue, green and red, weighs about 6 tonnes and was hoisted in large, rib structure components 45 metres from the crossing floor. When hoisted and in its final position under the tower roof, craftsmen climbed up onto scaffolding to fix moulded frames and panels into the rib structure to make the finishing touches. 


2. The Bishops's Chair

St Edmund and his protective wolf are featured in carvings on the Bishop’s Throne. The Bishop sits there when he visits the Cathedral. 



3. The Cathedral in Lego

Brick by Brick the St Edmundsbury Cathedral is being recreated out of LEGO®!

The project started in 2016 and a total of 200,000 bricks will be needed to complete the LEGO® Cathedral! Only 4 Cathedrals in UK have been interpreted in this way and its the only one in the East of England.

You can help by buying and laying a brick for just £1! The Cathedral volunteers are on hand to show you what to do.  Find out more at https://stedscathedral.org/lego/


4. Statue of St Edmund by Dame Elisabeth Frink

In the Great Churchyard outside the Cathedral outside is the Saint Edmund himself. Lovingly sculptured by Dame Elisabeth Frink (he even has her nose!) stands young Edmund, a mere boy when he took the throne of East Anglia in 855. Look out for the wolf!



5. The Millennium Tower

Outside the church - look up! The Millennium Tower may seem like it is part of the original building but amazingly it was only added in 2005! The 150 foot (46 metre) structure was built over 5 years from 600,000 bricks and faced with Barnack and Clipsham stone. 

It is 202 steps to the top!